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Sharon Jacobs Has Fun with Photography

Anderson Artists Guild member Sharon Jacobs got hooked on photography early. “My parents gave me a little Brownie camera for Christmas one year,” she said. “I loved it. I took pictures of everything, even if there was no film in the camera.” A Chicago native, she started night school at Northwestern University while working full time as a secretary at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and eventually completed a degree in graphic arts years later. “But I’m still drawing stick people, so it never did me a bit of good,” she said. Her husband was in the Navy, so she followed him around the country—from multiple locations in California to Rhode Island, Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia. “

Michelle Winnie Seeks to Convey Emotion in Art

As a child in Saratoga, New York, Michelle Winnie drew all the time, including on the back of her parents’ drapes, behavior which landed her in trouble. She enrolled at Brockport University as an art major and a goal to work as a graphic artist. But the man she met during orientation week—her future husband—laughed when she stated her major, and she ended up following him into biology and a career as a high school science teacher. That education ended up being not only enjoyable but also valuable to the artist within. “That knowledge of the human body really helped me to understand figures when I draw and paint,” she said. After leaving teaching following the birth of her third child, Winnie

Juror Profile: Joseph Peragine

Joseph Peragine, the juror for the upcoming show at the Anderson Arts Center, considers himself a painter but works in several mediums, including sculpture and installations. As a painter, he works in acrylics, oils, and watercolor. He has a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA from Georgia State University and teaches drawing, painting, and printmaking at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He chooses materials based on the concept he’s trying to get across. “I usually get fixated on something,” he said, “and it starts with drawing.” An example is a series of tank paintings he completed based on memorial tanks in France. “I was over there teaching watercolor and needed a subject t

The Joys of Kudzu

Nancy Basket showed some of her work and discussed her experience as a basketmaker at the Anderson Artists Guild meeting on March 9. Born in Washington state, she has lived in Walhalla for 21 years, having come to the South to learn its stories and to use its natural resources—especially kudzu—in her craft. “I make whatever is in my backyard or available locally,” she said. She has made many things from kudzu—not just baskets. One creation was five-foot lampshades that mimicked the work of male African weaver birds, which create intricate nests to attract mates. She also makes cloth and paper. She uses the kudzu that grows in trees—“not the green stuff on the ground”—and is drawn to unusual

Nancy Basket Loves the Challenge of Basketmaking

Nancy Basket may not have finished the art education degree she started at Blackhawk College in Moline, Illinois. She may have learned instead, as she says, through “the school of hard knocks.” But this woman is an artist and art educator extraordinaire. She became intrigued by basketmaking 40 years ago, and soon afterward met a Cherokee man who sold pine needle baskets shaped like bears. She asked to buy one, but he said, “Your job is to make them.” She’s been doing that ever since. And 10 years later, having become skilled at this craft, she adopted her Cherokee grandmother’s name of Basket. She started by using pine needles but tried different materials native to the areas where she lived

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